There are many kayaks in the market, but there are two distinct categories. Inflatable and hard shell kayaks. Here are some of the pros and cons of each one, as told by MATHEW TAN from the famed Yak Attack team.

Inflatable Kayaks


  • No storage problems
  • Easy to transport
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to store at home


  • Prone to puncture and over-inflation
  • Have a relatively short lifespan
  • A hassle to wash

Hard shell Kayaks


  • Not prone to punctures
  • Longer lifespan
  • Easy to wash
  • More accessory options
  • Gives the angler more confidence on the water especially against structures
  • Allows the angler to handle the fish on the kayak


  • Needs storage space
  • Difficult to transport; needs vehicle or berthing space
  • Heavy

By keeping in mind storage options and how you are going to transport your kayak, it will help you decide if you need an inflatable or hard shell. However, I will always recommend a hard shell kayak if given a choice. In most cases kayaks are not meant for angling. With some modifications, you can turn your kayak into a fishing one. Railblaza products have universal mounts that can fit on both inflatables and hard shells alike. A basic modification would include the following:

  • Two rod holders
  • Anchor trolley
  • Echo sounder

(VIDEO: Don looks at the latest Native Slayer 10 and how he mounts his favourite gear.)


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